News & Events - PhD Studentships and Postgraduate Study
The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is pleased to announce the availability of a number of new STFC- and University-funded PhD Studentships, as well as opportunities to study for the degree of MSc by research. Applications are now invited for the October 2017 postgraduate intake.
This year we are delighted to announce the first Moses Holden Studentship, in memory of one of our Founders in 1828, Moses Holden, funded by a donation that has set up the Moses Holden Studentship Fund, from Mr Patrick Holden, his great great great great grandson. Moses was a keen Astronomer, who gave public lectures in Astronomy in Preston and across the North of England and the Midlands throughout the 19th Century. To apply for the Moses Holden Studentship, please follow the same process as for our other studentships (see below), but mark your application 'Moses Holden Studentship'.
Projects will be allocated from among the following areas, depending on funding levels available and the preferences of those students ranked highest on the list of applicants. Ranking will be carried out by JHI staff based on application forms, references, and interviews of short-listed candidates.
These projects are suggested opportunities offered up by JHI staff. If you would like more details or would like to discuss something else related to their field of study, then please contact them directly.
The following projects are currently available:
- Graphene, made to measure(Dr. Joe Smerdon)
- Magnetism of Strongly Correlated Electron Systems(Dr. Paul Freeman)
- Theory-assisted search for novel itinerant magnets (Dr. Monika Gamza)
- Tunable Anisotropic Magnetization Damping in Multiferroic Structures (Dr. Serban Lepadatu)
- Probing Surface Structure and Interactions of Ionic Liquids (Dr. Karen Syres)
Additionally the new Moses Holden Medical Physics studentships is open to applications
- Superparamagnetic nanoparticles in tumour cell apoptosis (Dr. Shane O’Hehir)
The Mathematics group encourage prospective students who are interested in looking for a PhD project here at UClan to contact the following people for more infomation
- Measurable and pseudo-finite structures - Dr. Charlotte Kestner CKestner@uclan.ac.uk
- Model theory of fields - Dr. Sylvy Anscombe firstname.lastname@example.org
- Topology Dynamics - Dr. Davide Penazzi - email@example.com
The following projects are currently available:
- Using coronal dimming to study CME initiation (Dr. Danielle Bewsher)
- Investigating the rotation of sunspots with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (Dr. Daniel Brown)
- Parsec-scale jets in Active Galactic Nuclei (Dr. Tim Cawthorne)
- Simulating the formation and evolution of the Milky Way for Gaia (Dr. Victor Debattista)
- Solar Energetic Particles and Space Weather (Dr. Silvia Dalla)
- Multiwavelength analysis of galaxies (Prof. Cristina C. Popescu)
- Extreme Stellar Systems (Dr. Mark Norris)
- Theoretical Star and Planet Formation (Dr. Dimitris Stamatellos)
- Stellar populations and chemical enrichment in galaxies (Dr. Anne Sansom)
- Observational Star Formation (Prof. Derek Ward-Thompson)
Partially or fully-self-funded full-time or part-time students will also be considered. We are targeting enthusiastic and self-motivated students interested in joining one of the UK's most rapidly growing astrophysical research groups. If you are interested in joining the Institute, please contact Professor Derek Ward-Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Prof. Cristina C. Popescu (email@example.com).
Application forms and guidance notes
Applications forms are available from the UCLan Graduate Research School office.
- please indicate in the application whether you are applying for one of our studentships or whether you are partially or fully funded;
- in the application, you do not need to write a project outline in Sec 8, however if you are interested in a specific project or area of research please state which one.
The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is located on UCLan's Preston campus, just five minutes north of the city centre. The Institute plays a leadership role in steering the University's High-Performance Computational Science Facility, the centrepiece of which is a 512-node Sun HPC cluster. UCLan is a full partner in the UK's National Cosmology Supercomputer Consortium - COSMOS - and a partner in the Southern African Large Telescope, the largest aperture telescope in the southern hemisphere. We are also involved in current and future space missions such as Herschel, Kepler, GALEX, SPICA and Solar Dynamics Observatory.
In 2010's Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, UCLan was rated as having the best student experience of all universities in North West England, and also best of all the UK's modern universities.
Preston has numerous theatres, cinemas, pubs, clubs, and shops, and was England's first wireless city. It is also one of the most cost-effective places to live in the country. In a recent survey of graduate satisfaction by the Royal Bank of Scotland, graduates gave Preston a 69% rating - fourth in the country and better than Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester or London! Just beyond the city lies the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and to the west are the seaside resorts of Blackpool, Lytham St Annes and Southport. Further afield the Lake District and Peak District National Parks are within an hour's drive, as are the other regional centres of Liverpool and Manchester.
Preston lies on the West Coast Main Line, and is only two hours from London by train.
For further information on the Institute see www.star.uclan.ac.uk
For Preston information, see www.visitpreston.com
Enquiries to Professor Derek Ward-Thompson, Head of Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org), 01772 893569) or Prof. Cristina C. Popescu, Research Degrees Tutor (email@example.com, 01772 893551).
Header Image : Simulated Nanoparticle (Marco Pinna, Joe Smerdon), Solar disk with SDO (NASA UClan SDO archive), V838 Monocerotis (NASA/STScl), NGC7424 (Gemini Observatory), M74 (NASA Hubble Space Telescope) NASA,and ESA ; and solar plume courtesy of SOHO /EIT consortium
Author: DS Brown, Last Updated: 2 January 2017, 18:30